Citizen Disengagement

Citizen disengagement and disillusionment with mainstream politics, the so-called ‘democratic disconnect’, is highlighted by declining trust in political leadership and parties, falling turnouts at elections and a common view that politics and policy making is disconnected from ordinary people.

October 11, 2015

John Keane of the University of Sydney considers whether the belief in the universality of ‘free and fair’ elections is a worn-out dogma that's urgently in need of replacement.

Opinion
June 5, 2012

A 2012 survey by The Lowy Institute finds less than 40% of young Australians think democracy is a good thing. 

Statistics
May 21, 2014

Samuel Jones from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance says the EU needs tougher rules on political donations if it is to regain citizen trust.

Opinion
February 17, 2015

Ahead of the British General Election in May 2015, the Church of England argues British democracy is failing.

Opinion
June 1, 2015

Heather Bastedo of Queen's University examines why youth voting rates in Canada are lower than in previous generations.

Academic
July 14, 2015

The University of Melbourne's Mark Triffitt argues democracy is in crisis.

Opinion
October 21, 2015

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of Arts, at the University of Melbourne argues it's time for a sustained evaluation of why confidence in democracy seems to be in decline.

Opinion
September 1, 2014

The Economist's annual survey on democracy's health across the world finds all is far from well. 

Statistics
April 1, 2005

Bart Cammaerts from London School of Economics and Leo van Audenhove from Free University argue new forms of political participation are creating challenges for traditional forms of democracy. 

Academic

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